Eli Steffen (they/them) is a speculative artist working in the fields of theater, dance, and curation. Their work focuses on the intersection of systemic violence, cultural norms, and communal narratives. Their practice draws from the queer art lineages, political organizing and the creative facilitation communities in which they grew up. As a performer, Eli’s work melds critical theory, camp, and drag in participatory theater which questions audiences’ relationships to each other, power and the state. Through curation Eli challenges notions of belonging and acceptance, fostering opportunities for audiences and performers to re-imagine how people might relate to and build futures together.
Most recently Eli’s performance WAR Belly was presented by Gay City (Seattle, WA).
They have also been commissioned and produced by On the Board’s, Risk/Reward, Studio Current; Dixon Place, and Vashon Center for the Arts among others. Their curation has been featured in the Special Effects Festival, NW New Works Festival, as well as their own productions The Temenos Project and the Rain City Advice Hour.